Letter to the editor: Politics offers an education
April 04, 2014 12:00 AM | 1418 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print

“It’s only the primary; it isn’t important to vote until November.”

“They are all Republicans so they all represent my values.” Or maybe, “I am a Democrat in Cherokee County, I don’t have any choice.”

And the most dangerous of all, “It is only the Board of Education, it isn’t even political.” Guess what? Each of those statements is false and dangerous to our democratic process.

I have lived in Cherokee for the last 10 years and my children have reaped the benefits of our award-winning school district.

I never paid much attention to local politics and never thought of the BoE as a political position until the past year. My interest in the situation was awakened by a rogue school board member and her zealous supporters. I started to pay attention and what I learned was frightening to me.

People are playing politics with our kids’ education. Political and personal agendas are driving some to attack our school district, which is their right.

But it is my right to try to stop them. The only way to do this is to vote. Don’t let someone else decide for you. Do your own research, reach out to the candidates, ask questions and become informed.

If you value our school district and the value we all gain from it, it is vital that you vote in May.

Mary Rich

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